13 September 2023

Albanese Government delivering new support for Australia’s small businesses


Joint media release with
The Hon Stephen Jones MP
Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services

The Albanese Government is delivering significant new practical measures to support Australian small businesses and to help them prosper.

The Government has today introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (the Bill) into Parliament.

The Bill delivers measures announced in the 2022‑23 Budget to ease pressure and boost resilience for small businesses.

Small businesses are the engine room of Australia’s economy, which is why these new measures are so critical.

Schedule 1 to the Bill will implement a $20,000 instant asset write‑off for one year, as announced in the 2023‑24 Budget, to improve cash flow and reduce compliance costs for small businesses.

Small businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million will be able to immediately deduct eligible assets costing less than $20,000, from 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024.

The $20,000 threshold will apply on a per asset basis, so small businesses can instantly write off multiple assets.

This is targeted, responsible support, to help Australia’s small businesses continue to grow.

Schedule 2 to the Bill will introduce the Small Business Energy Incentive, a 2023‑24 Budget measure designed to help small and medium businesses electrify and save on their energy bills.

Up to 3.8 million small and medium businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million will have access to a bonus 20 per cent deduction for eligible assets supporting electrification and more efficient use of energy.  

The new tax incentive applies from 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024. Up to $100,000 of total expenditure will be eligible for the incentive, with the maximum bonus tax deduction being $20,000.

The new Small Business Energy Incentive builds on the Albanese Government’s measures to help small businesses become more energy efficient and ease pressure on their energy bills.